CompositesWorld's Investment Forum 2010 taking shape

The third CompositesWorld Investment Forum will be held March 15-16 at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.

CompositesWorld, publisher of High-Performance Composites and Composites Technology magazines, has announced that the third CompositesWorld Investment Forum will be held March 15-16, 2010, at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif. The Chair for this year’s conference is Michael S. Del Pero, Vice President — Plastics, Composites, & Advanced Materials — McGladrey Capital Markets LLC.

Some of the companies confirming presentations to date include Materials Innovation Technologies, Innovative Composites Automation, Imperium Inc. and SSOE Group.

SSOE will outline the recommended steps to be undertaken by both existing composite manufacturers looking to expand operations and by potential investors considering entering the manufacturing business. Discussions will include the pros and cons of using greenfield or brownfield sites as well as timelines and costs associated with each.

This international conference is designed for executives from leading composite industry suppliers, industry analysts, investment bankers, and industry end users to discuss challenges and opportunities for composite materials in markets such as commercial aircraft and renewable energy applications, like wind blades, including various strategies that companies in the composites industry may look to observe in light of today’s pressing economic challenges.

More than 100 marketing executives, business development specialists, investment analysts and composite industry experts will explore the global and regional outlook for composite materials in commercial aviation, sporting goods, wind energy, construction and infrastructure, CNG and hydrogen storage tanks and marine and automotive applications. Discussions will focus on economic forces impacting these markets, such as the recession, high energy costs and global warming, and how composite companies can profit from these forces and increase market share over traditional materials like steel, aluminum and concrete. Presentations will include supply and demand forecasts, how investment in advanced automation production processes are helping composite materials penetrate these markets, and what the current and future merger and acquisition activity forecasts are for the industry.

Throughout the conference, attendees will enjoy numerous networking opportunities at catered receptions, roundtable luncheons, and refreshment breaks.

CompositesWorld, with offices in Cincinnati, Ohio and Yarmouth, Maine, is a provider of information to the composites industry through High-Performance Composites and Composites Technology magazines, as well as its CompositesWorld Weekly e-newsletter, conferences and trade shows and its website,

For more information please contact Scott Stephenson, conference director, by e-mail at, by phone at +1 207-221-6602 or by fax at +1 207-221-5848.